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An Iris Stands Tall: Exhibit Opening

Exhibit Opening & Reception

An Iris Stands Tall
A Mother's Journey, A Daughter's Transition

An art installation of 46 pieces of original art - with an accompanying narrative - by local artist Annette Sabater, who's child began medical treatment to transition from an adolescent boy into a young woman at age sixteen. This unique exhibit traces the experience of a parent as she enters the new and mysterious journey, at times filled with doubt and grief. The collection is rendered in a combination of graphite and oil pastel by a parent who is exploring the deeper understanding of her child.

Please join Annette Sabater and the staff of Cerimon House for this opening reception. This art presentation will be featured in our gallery and lobby spaces from April 2-25.

The Cerimon House At The Hearth series presents this month-long art exhibit and three themed discussions, all as an interactive part of the "An Iris Stands Tall" installation.

April 4:  Meet The Artist
Join the community to see the art installation, and meet artist Annette Sabater.

April 11:  Journeys of Transgender Individuals
Join a panel of transgender folks as they share their individual journeys along the gender spectrum. The transgender journey is one of hardship, courage, highs and lows but one that is ultimately filled with joy when you become who you truly are.

April 18:  Religious Perspectives
Join Reverend James Joiner who will speak on queer and trans interpretations of Christian scripture, focusing particularly on Galatians 3:28 “in Christ there is neither male nor female” - and Rabbi Rachel Joseph who will speak on B’tzelem Elohim; "we are all created in the image of God."


Annette Sabater has always had the soul of an artist. Originally from the Seattle area, she received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and Minor in Art from University of Puget Sound. Following graduation in 1984, she lived in Minneapolis working as a physical therapist for three years before returning to the Northwest in 1987. There she continued her career as a pediatric physical therapist. She traveled throughout Europe and served as a volunteer for two weeks in Romanian orphanages. Her artist’s tools were never far away as she processed these various experiences. She met her husband and became a step mother for his two sons, later giving birth to a son who is now her daughter. These life experiences have inspired her to apply her creative skills in writing and art to share with others. She believes strongly that the arts can help educate the public and bring forth truth in a creative format. Artists can use their skills to bring together various groups who share complementary missions, thus showing community accord for the public to experience. Art is an opening to the soul; a space where connections are made to bring people together. She resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband.

Funding has been made possible by both the Regional Arts & Culture Council,
and by the Puffin Foundation Ltd.

Funding has been made possible by both the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and by the Puffin Foundation Ltd.

Earlier Event: March 13
Winter's Passage